1. Big Cypress National Preserve, seen here in this 2008 file photo, is an important habitat for the endangered Florida panther and is a key ingredient in maintaining the Everglades' ecosystem health.
  2. A bull shark inspects a photographer, coming close to the camera, during a shark dive off the coast of Jupiter on Florida's east coast last year. Sharks bit 16 people in unprovoked attacks off Florida’s waters last year, marking the highest reported number of bites than anywhere else in the world.
  3. Vacationers walk on the beach near a grounded migrant boat named "La Esperanza," Spanish for "Hope," on Coco Plum Beach in Marathon, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 19. Increasing numbers of Cuban and Haitian migrants have attempted the risky Florida Straits crossing in recent months to illegally enter the Keys Island chain and other parts of the state as inflation soars and economic conditions deteriorate in their home countries.
  4. Someone paddles through the water at Pass-a-Grille Beach on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Red tide conditions have improved in Pinellas County over the past week.
  5. An excavator made numerous attempts to free a whale from the shoreline and move it onto Lydgate Beach in Kauai County, Hawaii, on Saturday. Scientists suspect the large sperm whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend may have died from an intestinal blockage because it ate large volumes of plastic, fishing nets, and other marine debris.
  6. People work around the carcass of a dead whale in Lido Beach, N.Y., on Tuesday.
  7. Outlined in red, the 74-acre site of the proposed Anclote Harbor apartment complex touches the Anclote River to the north and U.S. 19 to the west. The project's Texas-based developer is pressing the city of Tarpon Springs for permits to begin construction, having won a court battle with a citizens group.
  8. A look at the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility, where recycled materials from Clearwater residents were processed for six months rather than being taken to the Waste Management facility in Ybor City.
  9. Researchers recently documented, then killed, a population of invasive, air-breathing goldline snakehead fish living in a pond in Manatee County.
  10. A Hillsborough Circuit Court judge barred Taylor Morrion from selling homes or lots in its ongoing development off Patterson Road in Keystone.
  11. Anglers fish along the North Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier in November. Wildlife officials are considering new rules to prevent seabird entanglements at the pier.
  12. Rehabilitation work takes place on top of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee, just a few feet from a home on Nov. 1, 2019, in Pahokee. Hurricane tides overtopped the original dike in 1926 and 1928, washed away houses and caused over 2,500 deaths. After 18 years, a $1.5 billion project was officially completed Wednesday.
  13. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor spoke to members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday. “I’m not into the legacy," she said. "I just like to get things done, and if somebody else wants to take credit for it, that’s fine with me."
  14. Pictured are American white pelicans, one of the affected species. The news of two new infected species this week underscores bird flu’s widening reach.
  15. Tampa Bay Water, the regional water supplier, finalized a planned 26-mile pipeline route to carry water from its surface treatment facility in Brandon, shown here, to a Hillsborough County treatment plant in Lithia and then on to southern Hillsborough County.
  16. Hemingway, a dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was estimated to be about 37 years old. He was found stranded off Fiesta Key in July 2019.
  17. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a news conference Thursday at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office administration building in Tampa.
  18. Florida wildlife biologists rescue a cold-stressed manatee from Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The young male manatee was brought to ZooTampa for rehabilitation, according to wildlife officials.
  19. Casa di Francesco, a 140-unit affordable housing building, is slated to open in Mango in summer 2024. On Thursday, Hillsborough County commissioners allocated $6 million to the project by Blue Sky Communities.
  20. Toxic red tide blooms clash with clearer Gulf of Mexico water just offshore of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island near the lower section of Tampa Bay on Dec. 17.
  21. In this undated photo released by the Hawaii Police Department is Mark Knittle. Rescuers searched for a third day Tuesday for Knittle, a Hawaii fisherman who went overboard from a boat after hooking a tuna over the weekend, authorities said.
  22. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council released the Regional Resiliency Action Plan in November aimed at strengthening the region against extreme weather events. Residents that rode out Hurricane Ian got their first look at the devastating damage from Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Bonita Beach.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, backed by wildlife experts, marine business owners and politicians, discusses the state’s effort to combat the recent red tide outbreak plaguing Tampa Bay waters during a news conference held at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg in 2021.
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